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Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany.
The Collect.

O LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy Church and household continually in thy true religion; that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace may evermore be defended by thy mighty power; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Daily Bible Verse

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Anglo-Catholicism, Paganism, and Islam

 

Sent: Saturday, October 17, 2009 11:25 AM
Subject: post retried at VOL

I try again:

Re: FOUR STRANDS OF ANGLICAN SPIRITUALITY

 
"Evangelical Anglo-Catholic Charismatic" may "seem like a pretty good balance," but how is such "balance" to be viewed Scripturally?

Given the vast size of the Bible, earlier pilgrims saw the wisdom and necessity of confessions and statements of faith to articulate their convictions. Most viewers of this website are ostensibly adherents to the 39 Articles of Religion. These are decidedly evangelical, Calvinistic (or sovereign grace), and anti-Romish.

"Anglo-Catholic" generally means one who acknowledges the legitimacy if not the supremacy of the Roman pontiff. Evangelicals see him as an anti-Christ, one arrogating to himself the rights and responsibilities of Jesus himself, as our "vicar" or surrogate.

Anglo-Catholics are sacerdotal, "sensing" or "feeling" in the communion (which they often mis-label "the mass") something more akin to transubstantiation than the Articles allow. This is usually attended with pomp and ritual likewise disallowed by the Articles. Hence the need to ignore or rationalize away the Articles!

A knowledgeable Articular, evangelical Anglican can no more embrace Anglo-Catholicism than he can Islam or paganism. To do so is to deny Christ of the Bible whom Cranmer and Co. found by God's grace. Chesterton, Newman and countless others have done their best to obscure him and lead folks out of the Way, astray to the harlot of Rome.

Thankfully, we have our Lord's promise: My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. (John 10:27f.)

Yours for truth,

Hugh
 
 
 
 
 


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